View this email in your browser

Weekly Blast

Important Dates

  • No School, May 29th, Memorial Day
  • No School, June 19, Juneteenth 
  • Last Day of School, June 21st

Table of Contents

Dear BHS Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers,

I wish you a happy Mother's Day, especially if you are a mother. For the rest of us, I hope you are supporting, serving, and taking care of mothers. 

May 15-19
We have five and a half more weeks of school. This week (5/15-19) features a special schedule so that we can administer the Mathematics MCAS to tenth graders. Please note that the PDF I just linked to includes three weeks of schedules for the March (ELA), May (Math), and June (Physics) MCAS administrations. Don't find yourself or your student in March 2023. 

End of Year Preview

  • Thu 6/15: Final Exam, Day 1 
  • Friday 6/16: Final Exam, Day 2
  • Mon 6/19: School Closed for Juneteenth
  • Tue 6/20: Exam Make up and Conflict Day
  • Wed 6/21: Last Day of School; all blocks meet, noon dismissal

Hate Ends Now:The Cattle Car Exhibit
Last week, Brookline High School was honored to host the Hate Ends Now: The Cattle Car Exhibit in the Viola Pinanski Quadrangle. The exhibit drew many visitors - all tenth grade world history students, many other classes, faculty and staff, and community members. Hal Mason, Gabe McCormick (senior director of teaching and learning for PSB), and I joined a world history class in the final exhibit of the day and week. 

The Cattle Car was incredibly powerful and the three docents were knowledgeable and helpful. The docents also shared that our students were highly engaged both around the cattle car and inside the Atrium, where the Hate Ends Now team displayed various Holocaust era historical artifacts. 

We owe huge thanks to School Committee member Helen Charlupski, Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator Gary Shiffman, Jewish Student Union members, the Office of Teaching and Learning, and the many individuals and organizations who helped make possible the Hate Ends Now Cattle Car Exhibit for our school community. Hal gets extra credit for guiding the truck into our newly renovated Quadrangle without incident.

Take care,


Anthony Meyer
Head of School


Dear Brookline High School Parents, Guardians and Supporters,

On Tuesday, May 30th, the BHS Senior Class of 2023 will attend their prom at the House of Blues.  After the prom, there will be a drug and alcohol-free party from 11pm until 5am. This 33-year tradition has kept our students, and Brookline’s roads safe every year on this high-stakes night.

To be successful, I need the community’s support in several ways:

  • Encourage seniors and their dates to attend.  

    • The Tappan gym building will be transformed into a Hollywood night club with live entertainment:  game shows, arcade, Karaoke, DJ, and a hypnotist show.

    • There is a buffet with their favorite foods: burritos from Los Amigos, pizza from Otto’s, chicken fingers from Raising Canes, cupcakes from Party Favors, ...

    • There are prizes:  T-shirts, gift cards and more

  • Volunteer:

  • Donate.

Thank you for all you can do to make this prom night fun and safe for our students and community! 

Email the After the Prom Party Committee for more information!

This Week at BHS


Celebrate Spring with a Spring Concert!

Tuesday, May 16, Orchestra Night
Wednesday, May 17, Chorus Night

Thursday, May 18, Band Night

All concerts at 7:30pm
Roberts/Dubbs Auditorium
For tickets please visit our website at 


Vaping continues to be a major issue among teens, despite new town-wide efforts and school system initiatives. Parents can contribute by talking to their kids about potential risks, and has some excellent materials to help get the facts. Check out as well as B-PEN’s Vaping & E-Cigarettes page.


The BHS Speech and Debate Team has a record SEVEN students who have qualified for two of the most prestigious national tournaments — and THEY NEED YOUR HELP! It's the only student-led team in Massachusetts, and despite their lack of resources, they have achieved enormous success in the last 5 years. Plane tickets, registration fees, hotel rooms, and other expenses add up, and the team depends almost entirely on donations. Thank you for your support! Please donate HERE.

BHS Upcoming / Ongoing


If you have a student in the Class of 2023, please make time to read this entire document carefully and discuss it with your student. In it, you will learn important details & dates regarding class meetings, prom & graduation. Let’s work together to ensure a celebratory ending for our Class of ‘23 Seniors! 

Please reach out to your senior class reps with any questions: Nilda Drinkwater & Elsje Eisenhauer (


Last week’s senior PTO Meeting, “THE POST-BHS TRANSITION -- WHAT SENIOR PARENTS NEED TO KNOW,” offered a wealth on information, whether a senior is heading off to college or the military or staying close to home for a gap year or to work. The recording of the zoom meeting can be accessed HERE.

A Parent Update summarizing the event and including a valuable list of resource links (such as Dr. Anjini Virmani’s excellent Medical Toolkits) will be available soon at


The inaugural and historic Brookline Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Day & 8th Asian American Student Essay Award Ceremony is coming up on Saturday, May 20th. We've been planning and working excitedly and hope it will be a wonderful and enriching day for students and their families to mingle with teachers, staff and the community.

This website (with translations) shows most of the activities that will be offered from 10am - 1:30pm around Brookline Town Hall grounds, the Public Library of Brookline and the Pierce School.

Then the highlight of the day - the AAPI Heritage Celebration & 8th Asian American Student Essay Contest Awards will take place at the Coolidge Corner Theatre from 2pm - 3:30pm. It is thrilling to host this in-person event after three years of zooming the awards.

The event is FREE for the general public, however, reservations are required HERE.



Over the next few weeks, the PSB Offices of English Language Education, Educational Equity, and Student Services are teaming up to offer FOUR virtual webinars called "Culturally Responsive Understanding and Approaches to Supporting Asian-American Pacific Islander Youth around Mental Health Concerns."

These sessions will help our caregivers and educators create a sense of belonging with our students inside and outside our classrooms. The next seminar on May 17, at 7:00 p.m will feature Dr. Juliana Chen and Dr. Justin Chen. Folks can access the meeting VIA ZOOM. Live translations will also be provided for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages. You can find more information HERE.


Support the BCF Scholarship Fund for Brookline High School. Since it was created in 2014, the BCF Scholarship Fund for Brookline High School has supported 81 students with $138,740 in scholarships. In 2022, we awarded BCF’s first multi-year scholarships that will be renewed for all four years to five students—providing sustainable funding to support their college careers. Thanks to the generosity of members of the BCF Scholarship Committee, all gifts up to $20,000 will be matched until May 23rd to help support Brookline students! Please make a gift to the BCF Scholarship Fund for Brookline High School today so that BHS graduates have the support they need to thrive in college and beyond.


Join the Brookline Teen Center for a Night at the Garage on Thursday, May 18th at 6:30pm. This is an evening for our community to come together and celebrate our teens! There will be teen entertainment, food, drinks and more. For more information or to purchase tickets, please click HERE.



We are excited to launch the Spring '23 issue of GreenZine Brookline, a K-12 online magazine that offers students, staff and parents of the Brookline Schools community a forum for news, opinion and creative expression about climate change, outdoor education, the environment, and the natural world.  We love to highlight class projects, student initiatives and community projects.  We also love to work with students to develop their stories, and students love to see their work in published form.

We are accepting submissions for our Spring issue until May 24th.  Please see our submission guidelines here and submit here.



Extracurricular Events
Find more info on Spring sports schedules  HERE.
Find more info on the Performing Arts at BHS HERE.

Support BHS

The Brookline High School Parent Teacher Organization strengthens communications between school and home, supports teachers through grants, and sponsors community events throughout the year. Please get involved and thanks for your support! 


Quick Links

BHS PTO | BHS Website | The Cypress| Donate to the PTO
B-PEN | Amazon Charity | Athletics Twitter | FoPA |BHS Handbook

All notices are subject to the approval of the BHS PTO. The deadline for submission is Friday of each week. Submissions may be edited due to space constraints. Only BHS and community events will be listed. No classified ads are offered at this time. Please send your submissions to:

Copyright © 2023 Brookline High School PTO, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email because you are either a parent of a Brookline High School student or have requested to receive information about certain BHS groups.

Our mailing address is:
Brookline High School PTO
115 Greenough St
Brookline, MA 02445

Add us to your address book

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp